OK – we know we’ve already had one Video of the Week, but this one is really good! Let’s have two! Time for some surreal shots from the sub-continent, a region that clearly fascinates film-makers and travellers alike. Enjoy: the trippy Amon Tobin soundtrack is definitely helping us slip into that weekend vibe!
If your interest in the state of Tamil Nadu is piqued after watching that, read more on our website, which focusses particularly on the fascinating history of Trichy, now known as Tiruchirappalli.
The history of Trichy goes back to goes back to before the Christian era, when it was an important Chola citadel. During the 1st millennium AD, both the Pallavas and Pandyas ruled the region in turn many times before the Cholas regained power in the 10th century. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and its most famous landmark, the Rock Fort Temple. Later in the 18th century, the town witnessed a power struggle between the British Raj and the French as they battled for supremacy.
A lasting legacy of the ravages of war over the centuries is the Rock Fort and its temples. Built by the Nayaks of Madurai and perched on a massive rocky outcrop, the Rock Fort Temple consists of two temples. The smooth rock was first hewn by the Pallavas who cut small cave temples in to the face of the rock, but it was the Nayaks who made use of its fortified position.
Dedicated to Shiva, the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple is located halfway up, with the temple at the summit dedicated to Ganesh. Prepare yourself for a bit of a climb – it’s 437 stone-cut steps to the top!
Don’t miss Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, just north of Tiruchirappalli at Srirangam. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this is one of the largest and most interesting temples in all of India.